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Archives: "Chip Shots from the Ruff of Life"
  • Not long ago I received an email that had a curious comment in it. Along with a prayer request was the reference by the sender to "her church." Now, before you think that I am going to go through that whole rigamarole of, "it's not our church it's Christ's church, He died for it," relax.…
    July 20, 2017
  • When he first started out he was called a skinny crooner. His frame filled out a little over the years, but his fame grew even more. They called him, "Old Blue Eyes." He became a legend in three separate fields of the entertainment industry. He was a master stage presence in live shows in venues such as Las Vegas…
    July 13, 2017
  • From the "I-thought-I-had-seen-everything" category. Last evening my wife and I went to Cynthiana to participate in "The Gate", a youth program that my oldest son had a hand in beginning. He had come back from Wisconsin to lead the worship for the closing session for this school year and we decided to be there…
    July 6, 2017
  • For the past three days I have been struggling with a problem.  I have not been able to log onto the internet.  With this column looming large and needing to be completed I was unable to get to the very place I needed to be in order to get it completed.  I finally got tired of continually trying to log on…
    June 29, 2017
  • One of my favorite weeks of the year is here.  Masters Week.  If you're scratching your head about what exactly I mean, let me explain.  The day that you receive this article is the first round of The Masters Golf Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia.  The very best of golf;…
    June 22, 2017
  • This past week was a very interesting and frustrating one.  March 23 was Easter.  That Sunday was wonderful.  Our church had its Sunrise Service which was centered on the empty tomb and the solid Rock of Jesus Christ.  This was followed with a breakfast of biscuits and gravy, sausage and pancakes. …
    June 15, 2017
  • Consistency. It is the one commodity that so many desire yet so many lack. Consistency in golf means the difference between making millions of dollars playing the game and, well, preaching for a living. Every time I hit a perfect drive down the middle of the fairway I think, "Why can't I do that every time?" If…
    June 8, 2017
  • Today is March 19, 2008; the day before this column is to be sent out to you, the gentle reader.  This day is special for me.  Not because it's Wednesday and that means that I have reached the hump in my week and am now on the supposed "coasting" time of the week; not with Easter coming in just…
    June 1, 2017
  • Golf is an interesting game.  It is a game of yards, and a game of inches.  It is a game of power, and a game of finesse.  It is a game of ability, and a game of imagination.  However, it is also a game of cliches.  No, you're not seeing things.  You read that right.  Cliches. …
    May 25, 2017
  • Surviving cancer is one of those things you enjoy being around to talk about.  However, it's not without its frustrations.  During the months of chemo, radiation and the inability to swallow well and then the surgery and twelve days in the hospital, I lost eighty pounds.  Due to the type of surgery I…
    May 18, 2017
  • Scott McCarron is an accomplished professional golfer who competes on the PGA Tour.  He has had a measure of success on the Tour and, as such, is reasonably recognizable at most Tour venues.  That means that when he pulls up to the gate he usually gets in without much hassle.  in 2002, when the U. S. Open…
    May 11, 2017
  • Coincidence.  That wonderful rare turn of events that both surprises and startles us.  You've been caught up in them before.  Events that happen in just the right way or circumstances that align too perfectly.  You know; coincidence.  Friday, February 15, I got to experience one of those incredible…
    May 4, 2017
  • Just recently I fought a bought with esophageal cancer.  The ordeal started December of 2006 with some swallowing problems.  I was diagnosed July 31 and went through radiation and chemotherapy for five weeks in late August and through September.  During my treatments I was in Stamping Ground, KY, the town…
    April 27, 2017
  • My parents are buried in a cemetary some three hours from my current home.  My wife and I try to make it to their gravesite at least twice a year to make sure that there are flowers on the stones.  Every time we go I look long and hard at their tombstone.  It reads, "William Nelson Kelley; February 17,…
    April 20, 2017
  • One day, while in WalMart, I watched as a little boy not more than four accidently knocked a box of Pop Tarts from an aisle display. Before I could even wonder what would happen, the little fellow stooped over, grabbed the box of Pop Tarts and replaced it in the display being careful to make sure that it was sitting…
    April 13, 2017

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Meet the Author

Tom Kelley, pastor, speaker, lived with his wife, Becky, in Georgetown, Kentucky

...He was the Minister of the Minorsville Christian Church located near Stamping Ground, KY.

...Becky and Tom have three children; John, single and in worship ministry in Nicholasville, Kentucky; Sean, married (Jennifer, elementary school teacher) with twins (Grace and Patrick, b.d. 10/31/04) and regional director of Papa John's Pizza in Central KY; Kara, married (Vince Taylor, prison guard) and working with Hospice East in Winchester, KY.

...Tom went to be with the Lord on November 13, 2009 after a lengthy battle with cancer.  If you have been touched by Tom's writings please send an email to Tom's son at jkelley@catalystchristian.net

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